Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s disputed PM resigns amid crisis

Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s disputed PM resigns amid crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mahinda Rajapaksa attended a religious ceremony after resigning on Saturday Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis. Mr Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president, signed his resignation letter in a ceremony at his house. […]

Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s disputed PM resigns amid crisis

Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s disputed PM resigns amid crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mahinda Rajapaksa attended a religious ceremony after resigning on Saturday Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis. Mr Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president, signed his resignation letter in a ceremony at his house. […]

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The status of Jerusalem has long been a highly contested issue Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, he said Australia’s embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved. He added Australia […]

Japan medical schools ‘rigged women’s results’

Japan medical schools ‘rigged women’s results’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tokyo Medical University has admitted it acted to keep women out At least nine Japanese medical schools manipulated admissions, in part to exclude female students, a government investigation has found. The inquiry was launched in August, after the prestigious Tokyo Medical University (TMU) was found to have tampered with the […]

Eleven die and dozens ill after eating rice at Indian temple

Eleven die and dozens ill after eating rice at Indian temple

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Witnesses say people quickly fell ill after eating rice following a consecration ceremony Eleven people have died and dozens more have fallen ill after eating rice at a temple in India, police say. About 70 people have been admitted to hospital after eating the food following a ceremony in […]

Miss USA sorry for offending contestants over lack of English

Miss USA sorry for offending contestants over lack of English

Image copyright Instagram Image caption A well-meaning comment from Miss USA resulted in a heated debate across social media An Instagram post by a beauty queen questioning the English language skills of fellow contestants has caused a stir across social media. The incident took place in the run-up to this year’s Miss Universe competition which […]

The fight over the Indian baby born in a bank queue

The fight over the Indian baby born in a bank queue

Image caption Khazanchi Nath was born two years ago as his mother Sarvesha Devi stood in a bank queue to withdraw cash He arrived in the world with a bang. His birth in a bank queue made global news. But two-year-old Khazanchi Nath is now at the centre of a bitter fight between the two […]

My Neighbour Totoro: Studio Ghibli classic gets China release after 30 years

My Neighbour Totoro: Studio Ghibli classic gets China release after 30 years

Image copyright GKids/1988 Studio Ghibli Japanese animation classic My Neighbour Totoro is finally being screened in Chinese cinemas, 30 years after it was first released. The film, by Studio Ghibli and famed director Hayao Miyazaki, follows the story of two sisters who encounter Totoro and other forest creatures. Despite the movie’s cult following, it has […]

Indian national jailed over sex assault on US flight

Indian national jailed over sex assault on US flight

Image copyright Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Image caption The accused was sitting next to his wife when he allegedly assaulted someone sitting next to him A US court has sentenced an Indian man to nine years in jail for sexually assaulting a woman who sat next to him on a US flight in January. Prabhu […]

Queensland Cyclone Owen: Powerful system may ‘wreak havoc’

Queensland Cyclone Owen: Powerful system may ‘wreak havoc’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Australia’s east coast has been pummelled by heavy rain in recent days Australian authorities have issued a warning about a powerful cyclone that is tracking towards the coast of Queensland. Cyclone Owen is moving slowly over waters off the Northern Territory with winds of up to 200km/h (124mph), meteorologists said. […]

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